Elaine and I never cease to marvel at the benefits our five Rhode Island Red chickens provide. Our three pullets have been producing eggs for about six weeks now, but that is not all that they, Boss, and Johnny provide.
Ever since the garden was put to bed last October, we have turned the chickens out into our vegetable patch to till the ground, consume egg cases and insects, and drop their manure. I also have put their litter in the garden to further enrich the soil.
But with the arrival of February, it is now time to let them work in our backyard. Today, for example, we let the chickens graze about in the yard looking for little beasties and consuming various forms of vegetation. Also, when I cleaned out the henhouse this morning, I spread the litter around our Dolgo crabapple tree, in effect, both mulching and fertilizing it. Several more fruit trees will receive the same treatment this month.
Tonight we are having scrambled eggs and whole wheat bread for dinner -not a bad way to end a Saturday.